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5 Times I disagreed with the Fortnite competitive community

The Fortnite competitive community speaks with the loudest voice in the game, but that doesn’t mean their takes are unanimous. Here are five times I disagreed with the mainstream Fortnite competitive opinions.

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The Fortnite competitive community speaks with the loudest voice in the game, but that doesn’t mean their takes are unanimous. Here are five times I disagreed with the mainstream Fortnite competitive opinions.

Hello! I’m Jimmy, the newest edition to the Fortnite Intel team. I figured I’d get things started with a few hot takes about the game we all love – and sometimes love to hate.

A little about my history with Fortnite: I’m a day-one Xbox player. My buddy and I were so enamored by PUBG that we couldn’t wait for it to come to console. We were counting the days when this new free-to-play Battle Royale came out called Fortnite. Since PUBG was still months away from making its console debut, we loaded in and tried it out.

I was hooked after one game and have been playing ever since. I took a few breaks for Blackout, Apex, and my annual love-hate relationship with Madden, but all roads lead back to Fortnite.

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I’ve played Fortnite for longer than I’ve played any other game. I hate it sometimes just like everyone else, but no other game can provide the consistent satisfaction that Fortnite has.

Now, onto my hot takes. I’m not a competitive player. I climb in Arena until I hit Champion’s League and then stop playing. My K/D is pedestrian and I still have problems with consistently hitting my 90’s. 

I’d classify myself as an average hardcore player. I’m far better than “casuals” but will get bodied by people who practice more than I do. I’m an evening warrior, just like a lot of other players who have stuck with the game for as long as I have.

The loudest voice in any game is always going to be the competitive community. They care the most, post the most, complain the most, and play the most. Streamers and posters on the r/FortniteCompetitive subreddit largely speak for the rest of the community, which is usually a good thing.

Sometimes, though, there is a disconnect between the loudest voices in the game and what’s actually happening. This has never been more evident than the return of the Drum Gun.

If you visited the r/FortniteCompetitive subreddit, you’d think that everyone hated the weapon. Why, then, did it win the popular vote during the Unvaulting Event? It’s because the competitive community doesn’t speak for everyone. They might be out of touch with what the rest of the “pub players” actually enjoy.

With that in mind, here are five times I’ve disagreed with the general consensus of the Fortnite competitive community.

The Combat Shotgun

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This is probably going to be a controversial one: I miss the Combat Shotgun.

The competitive community hated the Combat Shotgun when it was in the game – at least based on the opinions of many Fortnite pros and frequent posters to the r/FortniteCompetitive subreddit.

Competitive players complained that the Combat decreased the skill gap. The lighting-fast rate-of-fire limited the effectiveness of things like edit switching, blocking, and even the ability to consistently hit your shots.

The Combat was the best-in-slot shotgun by a mile. Sure, the Pump could one-shot, but that didn’t matter much when an opponent with a Combat could get three or four shots off by the time you were ready to take your second.

I recognize all of this, and I still loved it. The Combat was just fun to use. As much as I dislike Desert Zone wars, it makes me miss the Combat even more.

I recognize the downsides of the weapon and agree that it was overpowered. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to use it again.

Skill-Based Matchmaking

When Epic first announced skill-based matchmaking (SBMM), I was all for it. It would give skilled players more competition and limit Epic’s incentive to add overpowered noob-machines like the BRUTE.

Good players would match with one another and bad players could get better with their bot-filled lobbies. It’s a win-win, right?

Well, after a week or so of SBMM, I’m ready to say that I don’t like it. I see why it was implemented and agree that it might be the lesser of two evils, but I think it’s bad for the long-term success of the game.

I’m far from a Fortnite God. I still Harry Potter myself on 90’s and miss wide-open sniper shots. Still, I’m in the top 0.8% of wins on Fortnite, top 6% in K/D, top 2.2% in win ratio, and top 3.6% in kills. You can take a look at my stats here – I’m an open book.

There are a lot of people above me in skill, but even more below me. Epic has only implemented SBMM for Solos right now, and I can say that the game has gotten quite a bit harder for me. I’ll still outplay a few people in the lobby, but now I’m frequently running into someone who is far better than I am and dying.

Everyone likes dominating, and no one likes feeling like they’re far above their skill level. This may have been what a lot of below-average players were experiencing, but – in all honesty – I don’t think they care as much about winning as I do.

In Apex Legends – a game I play very casually – I don’t rage too hard when I die. I’m happy enough to queue into my next game and easily forget about the past.

In Fortnite, winning is everything. I don’t care if I have 20 kills; if I don’t win, I’m going to smack my desk. I think the SBMM system is going to turn some of the high and mid-tier players away from public Fortnite matches, which is bad for the long-term health of the game.

Apart from some streamers who can get stream sniped more easily with the new matchmaking system, the competitive community seems to be behind SBMM. Some agree that it’s just become Arena without siphon and points, but most of the competitive community seems to be behind the change. I don’t agree.

Frequent Changes

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Fortnite is an ever-evolving game, and Epic needs to make changes to keep players coming back. They have added hundreds of map locations, items, vehicles, and weapons to Fortnite since the game came out, and it’s what keeps bringing people in.

The best example of this, in my opinion, were the changes brought in by Season X. Competitive players disliked most of the adjustments made to the map this season. I wasn’t a huge fan of turning into a toilet in Moisty Palms or getting overwhelmed by zombies in Retail Row either, but I agree with the reason Epic is making these changes.

Over time, I grew to like hiding in plain sight. I enjoyed the Taco Time mechanic – especially once they reduced the duration.

Epic gets a lot of flack for changing things or adding new items rather than fixing bugs. This criticism is fair – as are the complaints about making game-changing moves before major tournaments.

Still, as a whole, Fortnite has the unique ability to evolve faster than almost any other game out there. I like that part about it.

The Heavy Sniper

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My take on the Heavy Sniper is very similar to my take on the Combat Shotgun. I like the weapon, and I think there’s a need for a gun that will one-shot structures.

Generally, snipers are considered a low-skill weapon in Fortnite. Pretty much everyone has been involved in a build battle, only to be sniped from 150 meters away by a kid hiding in a bush. It’s the worst, but it’s part of the game.

I do agree that the damage on the Heavy Sniper should be nerfed to under 150. You shouldn’t get one-shot by a Heavy Sniper bodyshot when you have 150 HP, but a lot of competitive players are calling for the Heavy Sniper to be vaulted.

I strongly disagree with this take, and I think the Heavy Sniper plays an essential role in Fortnite at all levels. Nerf the damage? Sure – but don’t remove it from the game.

Ballers

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I liked Ballers, especially in retrospect.

In Season 10, Ballers were replaced with the BRUTE – a vehicle that pretty much everyone hates. Sure, there were a few new players who could finally get some kills with the mech, but no one else thought it was good for the game.

The Ballers had their problems – particularly in pro-level play. They would dominate late-game rotations. If you had one, you could fly by opponents and laugh as they wasted their materials trying to tunnel.

The topic of Ballers highlights the true need for separate loot pools in Fortnite. Ballers weren’t an issue in public matches. They were phenomenal for rotation but didn’t have much of a use other than that. You wouldn’t see many players camping in a box with a baller in pubs.

The competitive community hated Ballers when they were in the game. Now that we’ve seen the mechs, though, I think even the loudest anti-Baller voices would rather revert back to the Season 9 meta.

So, there you have it: five topics with which I disagreed with the Fortnite competitive community. Of course, the community is not one voice, and many hardcore and competitive players likely agree with some of these points (especially on the topic of skill-based matchmaking).

Let me know what you think in the comments. More hot takes incoming, so get used to em!

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Building returns to Fortnite as permanent “Zero Build” mode is announced

Building is back in Fortnite’s core modes, but a new Zero Build mode has been announced that continues the experience of no building.

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Epic Games has released a permanent no-building mode alongside the return of building to Fortnite.

For the past 9 days, players have experienced Fortnite without any building. While the popular battle royale was founded on the unique premise of building, many hardcore fans and returning players swooned over the lack of building.

Knowing that this experience would only last nine days, players wondered what would happen when building returned. Would Epic introduce a new no-build mode? Or would building return without any other modes available?

Luckily, players won’t have to build in Fortnite is they don’t want to. But casual players who don’t want to play competitively can also enjoy building once more.

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Zero Build mode announced as building returns to Fortnite

At the end of the nine day experience, Fortnite announced the new “Zero Build” mode. Advertised as a permanent side mode, Fortnite Zero Build is the same experience players have had for the past week.

In the Zero Build mode, players will continue to have overshields, enhanced movement abilities, and, most importantly, no building. But if you miss the old Fortnite, Epic has you covered.

Zero Build was introduced because building has finally returned to regular core modes: solos, duos, trios, and squads. But this also means that overshields, sprinting, and mantling have been removed from core modes.

Now everyone has a mode that suits their playstyle in Fortnite. But we’d love to know whether you’re Team Builder or Team Zero Build. Let us know on Twitter @FortINTEL.

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All Tier 100 Fortnite Battle Pass Skins ranked

Fortnite has given us a long list of Battle Pass skins. Here, we’re ranking all of the tier-100 Battle Pass skins from worst to best.

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Fortnite has been providing us with skins for over two years. Take a look at all Fortnite tier 100 skins as we rank them from worst to best.

We’re 20 seasons into Fortnite at this point, and 19 Battle Passes deep. We’ve seen hundreds of skins come and go with varying degrees of originality. Some are still in Battle Royale to this day while others are collecting dust in a crowded locker.

Not all Fortnite skins are created equal. Today, we’re looking at the Fortnite tier 100 skins and ranking them from worst to best. Let us know your opinions in the comments!

19. Doctor Strange: Chapter 3 Season 2

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This may come as a shock as Marvel skins tend to rank very high, but we’re on a three-season streak of tier 100 Marvel skins. It’s getting old, and this one isn’t really that great.

Doctor Strange feels like it should have been given the Superman treatment, not the Spider-Man. Plus, they didn’t use Benedict Cumberbatch’s face which makes the skin even less exciting to unlock.

18. Vendetta: Season 9

The Vendetta is one of the least favored tier 100 skins of the bunch. The non-upgraded version is lame and the final stage leaves a lot to be desired.

This one was one of the most uninspired tier 100 skin, in my opinion. It doesn’t look very good, either, which is why it’s placed at the bottom of our rankings.

17. Ice King: Season 7

The Ice King is a skin you’ll hardly ever see in a modern Fortnite match. It’s not the ugliest skin we’ve gotten as a tier 100 reward, but it isn’t far off.

The reason this is so low, though, has to do with the size. This skin is massive and clunky, making you feel like an easy target when you’re wearing it.

16. Ultima Knight: Season X

The Ultima Knight is, simply, an addition to the OG Black Knight that ranks much higher in this list. This is a poor man’s Black Knight and everyone knows it.

Not only is the skin unoriginal, but it’s large and clunky when you rank it up. Anyone who already has the Black Knight won’t be rocking this version into battle

15. Dire: Season 6

The Dire skin is one of the cooler skin concepts Epic has added as a tier 100 skin. The werewolf skin, while interesting, is probably among the least popular skins you’ll see in the game.

The base skin is boring and the upgraded version is too big – two ingredients that lead to a bottom-half ranking.

14. Carnage: Chapter 2 Season 8

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Despite being a crossover skin, Carnage is pretty forgettable. With Season 8 being the finale of Chapter 2, the Cube Queen secret skin was more iconic than the Symbiote. It’s big and bulky, and downright ugly.

13. Ragnarok: Season 5

The Ragnarok skin sits right in the middle of the pack. It’s not horrible, but it’s not great, either. The upgraded skin is a little busy for my taste, so I take everything off and roll with the topless bald man.

12. Fusion: Chapter 2, Season 1

The Fusion from Fortnite Chapter 2 is decent but relatively boring. You’d be hard-pressed to find a player still wearing this skin – especially since there were far better options in the same Battle Pass.

I had this one high on my original rankings (from C2S1) but time has knocked it down to just inside the top-10.

11. Rick Sanchez : Chapter 2 Season 7

Fortnite season 7 rick skin

Being able to play as Rick Sanchez is pretty cool seeing as he’s the most iconic character in one of the most popular animated series in recent history. His unique cell-shaded style makes him stand out from other skins, and his smug look makes it seem like every elimination is a cakewalk.

Rick is lower on the list because of his lack of utility and inevitable plummet in popularity in a few seasons. His cartoon style makes him stick out like a sore thumb in-game. His head is a massive target. And players will likely only use this skin for the next season or so.

10. Omega: Season 4

The Omega skin suffers from many of the problems as of the other bottom-half skins: it’s unathletic. That is until you take all of the armor off of the outfit.

I rock this skin stripped-down, just as I prefer the Ragnarok skin. It looks sleeker and cooler that way, in my opinion. The base Omega skin squeaks it into the top-10 – especially since you can change the color on the stripped-down version.

9. Mandalorian: Chapter 2 Season 5

Fortnite Mando

This might be a controversial placement, but I’m not a huge fan of the Mandalorian skin. Fans of the show will probably like it more, but it didn’t really do it for me.

Sure, the customization options are there, but you’ll never go back to the pre-upgraded armor like you could with some of the other tier-100 skins. Baby Yoda is a hit, but the Mando skin leaves a lot to be desired.

8. Luxe: Season 8

The Luxe was the number-one tier 100 skin in my book for a long time. This is one of the only tier 100 skins that I still regularly wear when I play Fortnite, and one of only two female skins in the group.

The real reason this one ranks so highly is the back bling. Those golden wings are at least the second-best back bling reward in any Battle Pass.

7. The Reaper: Season 3

For some, the Reaper is going to be a number-one tier 100 Battle Pass skin. I understand this argument, but I never liked it, myself.

There were some bugs during Season 3 that caused Epic to hand everyone several Battle Pass tiers for free. The result was that almost everyone who bought the Season 3 Battle Pass got the Reaper skin, which is one of the reasons I never really liked it.

Despite my personal bias, I recognize that Season 3 was the golden age of Fortnite and this skin brings back the feels. It’s well-deserving of a top-five finish.

6. Spire Assassin: Chapter 2 Season 6

Fortnite Spire Assassin

The Spire Assassin jumped right to the top-five in my rankings. This skin is one of the best to be released in all of Chapter 2. You look like a dominating force when dressed in its full suit of armor.

It’s always hard to rank a skin while the season is currently underway, but I’m betting that Spire Assassin will be a common sight on the Fortnite island long after Season 6 concludes.

5. Eternal Knight: Chapter 2, Season 3

The Eternal Knight is a strong contender for the best tier-100 skin in the history of Fortnite. All of the variants are cool and unique and the customizable pickaxe is another huge point in favor of the outfit.

Along with only a few others on this list, the Eternal Knight is still a common sight on the Fortnite island. As long as players are still wearing the skin, it deserves a high placement on this list.

4. Midas: Chapter 2, Season 2

Midas remains a favorite of a lot of Fortnite players, whether you’re using his Ghost, Shadow, or all-gold version.

The Midas skin is the best of both worlds. He’s slender, which means he doesn’t take up much of your screen, but he’s still a cool and interesting character whose outfit goes well with a lot of different combinations.

3. Iron Man: Chapter 2 Season 4

Come on, it’s Iron Man. This is how you do a tier-100 crossover skin, and the Mandalorian was a huge step back from Tony Stark in the previous season.

With one skin, you get both Iron Man and Tony Stark – which you can switch between in-game. If you leveled up the Battle Pass, you can also play as Gold, Silver, or Holographic Iron Man/Tony Stark. It’s hard to see this as anything less than a top-rated skin.

2. Spider-Man: Chapter 3 Season 1

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Wow, who could have guessed that one of the most highly-praised crossover skins would make it to spot number 2. Previously held by Iron-Man, it makes sense that Peter Parker would take his place eventually.

What’s not to like about his skin? It’s clean, slick, and has some of the best alternate styles to date. Even it’s enlightened skin variants look phenomenal which is something that can’t be said for most Tier 100 skins.

1. Black Knight: Season 2

I know, I know. The Black Knight isn’t technically a Tier 100 skin. It’s a final-tier Battle Pass skin, though, so it’s worth including on this list.

The Black Knight is the classic. It’s the OG. Wearing one of these skins doesn’t mean that you’re good, but it does mean that you’ve been playing the game for a long time.

The Black Knight takes the number-one spot because it’s one of the most aesthetically pleasing final-tier skins we’ve ever received. It’s not my personal favorite, but it carries a certain amount of significance for OG Fortnite players.

What’s your number-one tier 100 Fortnite skin? Let us know in the comments.

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How Fortnite Overshields work in Chapter 3 Season 2

Fortnite Season 2 has added Overshields which add 50 health to ther player’s base health, and it recharges after taking damage.

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To combat the lack of building at the start of the season, players have overshields that add 50 points to their health.

Players were shocked to find out that Fortnite Season 2 had removed its iconic building mechanic. What are players supposed to do if they get caught out in the open without any builds?

Luckily, Epic Games added a few new mechanics to make up for this. Firstly, players can run faster, jump higher, and mantle objects.

Secondly, Fortnite now gives players an overshield. This isn’t an item you pick up or craft. It’s a built-in component of the player’s health. Here’s how it works.

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Fortnite’s new Overshield details

200 is no longer the maximum amount of health players can have. Instead, the base health is 150, and players can drink shield potions to gain 100 additional health.

These extra 50 points come from the new overshield. Like in Halo, players start with a small layer of shield that will take damage before their actual health. The overshield actually protects the player’s health and shield.

Additionally, the overshield recharges when out of combat, no item is needed. This is to help combat the removal of the building mechanic.

Fifty extra shield isn’t game-breaking, but it will help players find natural cover before getting one-shot. And it also might give timid players more confidence during the end game.

With that being said, we don’t know how long the overshield will be sticking around. Building is only removed for a limited time so overshields could leave whenever builds return.

For more Fortnite, check out where to find Omni Chips in Season 2.

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